Forgotten village, town of the giants and beach huts

Our last full day of sightseeing here on the Llyn peninsula. We set off about 10 am to Llanbedrog beach famous for its multi-coloured beach huts. We found the beach ok, but all the beach-huts were stored in the carpark rather than on the picturesque beach. Nevertheless, we had a stroll on the beach before it started raining.

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Beach huts in Llanbedrog beach carpark
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Llanbedrog beach

Drove on to Nant Gwrtheyrn, the “forgotten village” via Llithfaen, and down the very steep single – track road with several hairpin bends, with fantastic views over the coast. The village was based around a former quarry mining stone used for setts similar to cobblestones. The community lived an isolated existence, with product shipped and goods shipped out mainly via the Irish sea, resulting limited contact with the outside world.

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Nant Gwetheyrn

Nant Gwrtheyrn is now a Heritage centre and Welsh language school, also a wedding venue. Unfortunately, the cafe was closed due to covid, but we spent a facinating hour exploring the village, which was deserted.

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Nant Gwrtheyrn artwork

Drove back to the upper carpark and started to walk to try and find Tre’r Ceiri. Asked a local dogwalker who told us it was better to access the hillfort from the village of Llithfaen, so we drove back down and found the start of the walk. Set off along waterlogged paths for about a mile until Tre’r Ceiri came into view. As the walk up was quite challenging and the weather was not great, we decided it was safer not to attempt the climb.

Tre’r Ceiri

Tre’r Ceiri iron-age hillfort, known as the “town of the giants” stands 450 metres above sea level on an exposed peak og Yr Eifl. It is the best and most well-preserved hillfort in Britain. Its stone ramparts surviving in places to near full height of 3.5 metres and enclosing over 150 visible stone houses. Up to 400 people would have lived here until about 400 AD.

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Information board

After returning to the car, we drove back via the coast and as the weather was closing in again, back to the cottage mid afternoon.

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View from near Tre’r Ceiri

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